Jose Tapas Bar – Bermondsey Street

Located on the trendy Bermondsey Street is José Pizarro’s Spanish Bar, Jose. This place had been on my list for a long time and now that my office moved to the London Bridge area it made it the perfect sense to go and check it out one night after work for drinks and dinner. Jose Tapas Bar is a genuine, slightly rustic Spanish bar serving up a range of traditional tapas dishes and daily menu specials.

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Jose doesn’t take reservations because the bar is quite small and it does get very busy. However the staff are super friendly and efficient at getting you in as soon as they can. Just be aware that this doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get a seat because most of the customers are standing up, putting their plates and drinks on strategically placed barrels. We arrived on a Thursday night around 6.30pm and waited for about 20 min before we got a spot in the bar. While we waited at the entrance way though we consumed some Prosecco to kick off the night.

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Now onto the food. We got a little over-excited about all the delicious food so ordered quite a bit! The dishes at Jose are traditional Spanish tapas (meaning no major modern twists) but they are all of exceptional quality.

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Manzanilla olives £3 // Salted Marcona almonds £3 // Jamón Ibérico 100% Corn Fed £12. The Ibérico ham and other meats at Jose are all from Maldonado, one of Spain’s most esteemed artisan producers. I think this was one of the best ham I’ve ever had in London (or maybe even Spain for that matter..)

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Croquetas £6, which were perfectly crisp-outside and creamy-within // Deep flavoured Tortilla £4 // Charred salty Padrón peppers  £5  // and Patatas Bravas with a creamy aoili and a spicy tomato sauce £4.

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 Chorizo cooked in wine £6 – I looooove chorizo! // The Pork Cheeks in a red wine and tomato sauce £9 – this pork was melt in your mouth incredible. One of my favourite dishes of the night!

Now after all that food we weren’t really planning on having dessert but we’d been standing near the kitchen and been having a great chat with the lovely wait staff, so they surprised us with two desserts on the house. Now how could we say no to that!

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The desserts that night were Rice Pudding and Turrón Mouse (£4.50 each). Turrón is a Spanish nougat made with almonds, honey, sugar and egg white, traditionally served at Christmas. The Turrón mouse was so smooth, nutty and rich so even though we were incredibly full from dinner, we pretty much licked that little glass clean!

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I would seriously recommend a visit to Jose Tapas Bar in Bermondsey to everyone. Amazingly good food and the service was fantastic in this small, cosy and buzzing bar! I tweeted this photo of me with the staff during dinner  and when we were paying the bill Mr José Pizarro himself came out to say hello and to ask us if we’d had a good evening. I couldn’t believe it! What a night :) I will definitely be back and also can’t wait to try his full sized restaurant (also in Bermondsey) called Pizarro.

Jose Tapas Bar, Bermondsey
104 Bermondsey Street
SE1 3UB, London
Twitter @Jose_Bermondsey
www.josetapasbar.com


  
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Turkey Holiday Photo Diary

Warning, very picture heavy post coming up!  But as promised here are some photos from my holiday in Turkey back in July. We spent 3 days in Bozburun, which is a very quiet fishermen’s town in the Marmaris area and then we had 4 days of luxury at the Kempinski Hotel in Bodrum.

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Breakfast at our hotel in Bozburun, simple but waterside breakfast was fantastic way to start the day // The town of Bozburun is very simple and quiet but the water in the area is some of the bluest I’ve ever seen // One day we went on a day trip boat for about £15 which even included a boat BBQ lunch and we spent all day cruising around in the water and stopping every 30 minutes for the required cooling down swim. Absolute bliss!

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One day in Datca (before catching the ferry to Bodrum the next day). We did another boat trip there for the day and enjoyed a delicious fried squid dinner on the boat in the town. I always crave fried squid when on summer holiday, it’s one of my favourite foods.

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And then we arrived at the absolutely stunning 5 star Kempinski Barbaros Hotel in Bodrum. This hotel is nestled on the cliffs overlooking pristine Barbaros Bay, located on its own private bay towards the magnificent Aegean Sea offering you the most luxurious holiday escape. The hotel has everything you need -and more, like a stunning outdoor and indoor pool, a private beach, Turkish spa, a marina to moor your yacht (if only..) and four amazing restaurants. We pretty much spent our days here relaxing either by the pool, beach or marina and had the biggest buffet breakfasts and yummy dinners.

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Night out in Bodrum town. Because the hotel is quite far out of the town we only really made it there one night for some shopping (some great fakes were very tempting!) and dinner. Bodrum greeted us with a stunning sunset as we walked around the pretty white old town. Dinner was outside in the courtyard at Kocadon Restaurant where the food was fantastic and the service lovely. We had a lovely night sitting outside drinking Turkish Rose and went back to the hotel  feeling very rosy and happy ;)

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The last day soaking up the sunshine! I actually got a pretty decent tan this holiday so was very happy about that :) All these photos were taken on my iPhone5 because I was travelling light and therefore didn’t have space for my DSLR in my hand luggage. More photos can be seen on my instagram @dutchessroz. I definitely loved Turkey and would love to go back again to explore more of the coast! Have you been to Turkey before?


  
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Super Easy No Bake Cheesecake with Orange & Pomegranate

Is baking cakes not really your thing but you want to make a delicious cake for a birthday or a dinner party? Then look no further, I’ve got the easiest recipe for you because it doesn’t even involve an oven, so not much that can go wrong really! This No Bake Cheesecake with Orange & Pomegranate is light, fresh and super delicious and all you need is 20 minutes to prepare it. That’s it! See, I said it was easy!

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Super Easy No Bake Cheesecake with Orange & Pomegranate

Ingredients:
250g digestive biscuits
100g butter (melted)
600g cream cheese (like plain Philadelphia)
3 tbsp milk
100g icing sugar
zest 3 oranges & cut out the segments for the decoration
150ml cream (double cream)
1 pomegranate or 110g tub of pomegranate seeds

Method:

Crush the biscuits roughly – either put them in a plastic food bag and crush with a rolling pin, or whizz them in a food processor to chunky crumbs. Transfer to a bowl, mix in the melted butter and tip into a 24cm (buttered) spring form tin. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, press the biscuit mixture evenly to form the base. Chill in the fridge until set, about 30 minutes.

Put the cream cheese, orange zest, milk and icing sugar into a bowl and blend using an electric mixer until smooth. Add the cream and whisk until the mixture is the consistency of thick custard. Pour the filling over the biscuit base and spread evenly. Return to the fridge and chill until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

To serve, top with the orange segments (easy instructions on how segment an orange here) and scatter over the pomegranate seeds.

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Tada, a perfect buttery-biscuit crust with a zesty and light orange cream cheese base, covered with colourful and refreshing fruits! Nom nom, wish I could have another piece of this cake now. I first had this cake at my sister’s summer wedding (that’s who I’ve stolen this amazing recipe from) and because I loved it so much I decided to make it for my own 30th Birthday BBQ.

It went down a treat with my friends and it is seriously the easiest cake to make! So even if you are known to be a bit of a nightmare in the baking department then don’t fear, you can do this and be a domestic goddess. Let me know if you try this delicious no bake cheesecake recipe!


  
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Don’t quit!

Hello! Boy am I glad it’s hump day/midweek today. Why? Because I am totally counting down the days until the weekend. It’s not because of something specifically amazing I am looking forward to this weekend but more because this week I am on a 5 day juice detox. I know it sounds gruelling, and let me tell you it’s definitely not easy. I am now on day 3 and am still craving foods and am really missing my dinners after a long day at work. But I keep telling myself; Roz don’t quit!

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And why did I start this detox? Well for starters, I am a curious creature and I wanted to test my will power to see if this would be something I could do – live of just 4x juices a day for five days. Thats me, the girl that loves her food! Also I’ve read so much about juice diets and it’s supposed to give your body a detox by cleansing you from the inside which should lead to more energy, boost your immune system, fewer digestive issues, make your skin glow and reduce your risk of illness and disease. For more details about the juice programme I am following click here.

Sounds pretty good right? Well I am trying, trying very hard to keep this up. They say the first 2 days are the hardest so let’s hope I am over the hump now. Have you ever tried a juice detox before?

Whatever you need this inspiration for today, remember why you started and don’t quit! Happy Hump Day :)


  
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Neon Nail Polish

When I was in Turkey my friend bought some cheap bright holiday nail polishes to do her toes and I ended up falling a bit in love with neon nail polish. I did my fingers in the neon yellow and my toes in a neon pink – so fun!

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I ended up buying some neon yellow myself and have been wearing it around in London and got lots of comments on it. I love bright nails like this during summer holidays or just summer in general.

What do you think of the neon nail polish trend?

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